Do you struggle to keep the weight off after you’ve lost it? This is a really common problem that many people face. Losing the weight is just half the battle; it is keeping it off that often presents the biggest problem. Don’t worry though – there are various steps you can take to ensure you stay at your ideal weight for the rest of your life. The 9 simple steps below will help you reach and maintain your weight loss goals.
1. Avoid ‘fad’ diets
Fad diets are pretty easy to spot. They promise you will lose a lot of weight in a short space of time. To do this you have to cut out various food groups. The trouble with these diets is yes they help you to lose weight quickly, but the minute you return to eating normally that weight piles back on. Due to the fact you are cutting out certain food groups, the diets can’t be followed for long periods of time and you will always gain the weight back once you’ve completed them.
2. Do not cut anything out of the diet completely
It is logical that if you want to lose weight, you can’t carry on eating the fatty foods that you love. However, if you cut them out of the diet completely, you’ll end up with pretty strong cravings. Most people who struggle on their diets do so because they can’t fight their cravings. If you allow yourself to eat your favourite foods in moderation, you are a lot more likely to reach your weight loss goals.
3. Make a lifestyle change, not just a dietary one
In order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to follow more of a lifestyle plan, rather than a diet. A good weight loss plan will involve realistic dietary changes that aren’t overly strict.
4. Keep your exercise routine varied
What you eat is only part of the problem. In order to maintain a healthy weight, you need to do regular exercise. It is important to do something that you enjoy. If going to the gym really isn’t your thing, take up a new active hobby such as tennis or cycling. Remember to keep it varied too as if you get bored with your exercise routine you will be less likely to keep it up.
5. Increase your water intake
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day not only improves your skin, but it also suppresses the appetite and helps eliminate toxins from the body.
6. Make records of your progress
Seeing your progress will help to motivate you and see exactly how much weight you have left to lose.
7. Create a meal plan
Planning your meals in advance is a great way to ensure you’re eating healthy. You can plan for the days when you won’t have time to prepare a meal by cooking in bulk the day before.
8. Increase the amount of protein in your diet
Foods packed with protein help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. They also help you to build muscle, which in turn helps you to burn more fat.
9. Focus on weights as well as cardio
Cardio exercise burns more calories in an hour than strength training. However, with strength workouts you burn calories for days afterwards.
If you follow these steps you’ll soon be on your way to losing weight and more importantly – keeping it off.